Department Honors and Prizes

Department Honors

Honors may be earned in a student’s major field by completing the major with a GPA of at least 3.5 (departments may stipulate a higher figure) and by completing a senior honors project or honors work in a senior seminar.

The senior honors project is a year-long independent research project. In the spring semester of the junior year, students with cumulative GPAs of at least 3.5 in their majors may apply to undertake senior honors projects. Those students who choose to do so prepare and submit detailed project proposals to the project advisors and department heads.

Approved projects carry four credits and are to be completed in the senior year; specific project schedules are worked out by the student and advisor. Upon completion, the senior honors project is evaluated by a review committee consisting of the advisor, another faculty member from the major department, and a third faculty member from another department. The project must earn a grade of A or A- to receive credit for honors; if a grade below A- is earned, it is recorded as a senior project.

Fill out the Senior Honors Project Application to begin the proposal process. Applications must be submitted by the last class day of the semester preceding the term in which the project begins.

Department Prizes

Many departments recognize special achievement within a particular discipline; the conveyance of these honors varies by department but may include recognition ceremonies, scholarships, and monetary awards.